In Argenton-sur-Creuse, the author Valérie Dayre and Sophie’s misfortunes, timeless

In Argenton-sur-Creuse, the author Valérie Dayre and Sophie’s misfortunes, timeless
In Argenton-sur-Creuse, the author Valérie Dayre and Sophie’s misfortunes, timeless

Valérie Dayre is on her twenty-fifth publication, some of which are the result of a collaboration with her partner, Pierre Leterrier, the most recent being a detective story based in Indre.

The brand new novel by the Argentonian author has the particularity of being a reissue. This is one of his cult books, released in 2001 by l’École des Loisirs, distributed in 10,000 copies and translated into four languages.

The young spectator in turn becomes a victim

This shows the interest aroused by this work, entitled Sophie’s new misfortuneswhich evokes harassment, a more topical theme than ever already addressed last year by Pierre Leterrier in To be or not. The writer has of course brought it up to date by making a few touch-ups and modifications, like the scene where we see people smoking on a train, but the substance remains the same.

During the spring holidays, Sophie, aged ten, leaves the north of France and the town of Béthune (Pas-de-Calais) with her mother to go to her aunt and her two cousins, in the hinterland. Nice. She finds herself confronted with the harassment of a young boy, through games, and is deeply affected by it.

Torments inflicted by a cousin, whom she initially revered and of which she will in turn be a victim the following summer, during a longer stay.

A parallel with the novel of the Countess of Ségur

“I started from something that happened to mereveals Valérie Dayre. This topic is timeless and still resonates today. This is a book on education which raises the question: do we need to toughen ourselves up to be able to confront what is done at the expense of others? » By taking the title of the novel by the Countess of Ségur and the first name of her heroine, who is four years old, the author wanted to make the connection between “acts of incredible cruelty”, told twenty years later by Sophie to her children. With some very funny moments, provided by a talking parrot.

“Sophie’s new misfortunes”, Editions L’Atelier du Poisson Soluble. €12.50.

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